Kim's nuclear u-turn
North Korea's pledge on weapons development should be taken with a pinch of salt, says Nicola Smith
On the face of it, North Korea's surprise announcement yesterday to suspend its nuclear and missile tests and shut down its atomic test site showed that Kim Jong-un is making the right gestures ahead of next week's summit with Moon Jae-in, South Korea's president.
Kim's six-point suspension plan, including a pledge not to transfer nuclear weapons or technology, was released early yesterday by the KCNA, the official state mouthpiece.
The move was welcomed by South Korea as "meaningful progress for the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula". Britain described the announcement as "a positive step" and Donald Trump said it was "very good for North Korea and the world".